August 2, 2016


Kesha Drops California Charges Against Dr. Luke

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In an attempt to provide new music to her fans, Kesha has decided to forgo legal action in California against her producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. Kesha will, however, continue her appeal in New York.

Daniel Petrocelli, a spokesperson for the pop star, said in a statement that Kesha sent her label 28 new songs in the hope that the label will put out her next album. Petrocelli stated (via Rolling Stone): 

"Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts. Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label. We have conveyed to Sony and the label Kesha's strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible."

An attorney for Dr. Luke, Christine Lepera, responded to Rolling Stone with the statement: 

"If Kesha is voluntarily dismissing her claims in the California case, it is because she has no chance of winning them. Earlier this year, she lost her meritless counterclaims against Dr. Luke in the New York Action. Recently, the California Court invited Dr. Luke and the other defendants to move to dismiss Kesha's claims in that action. Kesha never should have brought her false and meritless claims against Dr. Luke in any court. Dr. Luke's defamation and other claims against Kesha are still proceeding."

In April, a New York judge dismissed Kesha’s countersuit against Dr. Luke and Sony that claimed emotional distress and employment discrimination. Kesha has since replaced the original attorney, Mark Geragos, whom she employed to sue Dr. Luke in 2014. 

The news that Kesha has 28 songs in the works is promising. In late April, Kesha released her collaborative track with Zedd“True Colors.” She is currently touring under the name “Kesha and the Creepies.”